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I cannot believe that summer is almost here! I’m definitely looking forward to the warmer weather and spending time at the pool and the beach. We have the perfect yard for entertaining and in the summer we often host parties for our family and friends. As much as I like to cook, when I have people over I try to minimize my time in the kitchen – I’d much rather be spending time with my guests! When I’m looking for quick and easy entertaining solutions I turn to simple yet flavor packed appetizers like these Mexican shrimp bites. This recipe hack is a dressed up version of the more traditional guacamole and chips snack that can be put together in minutes.

I love being able to take a few simple ingredients and turn them into something incredibly delicious. These shrimp bites are simply seared shrimp and guacamole layered on top of Lay’s Classic potato chips. It’s such a great combination of flavors and textures, and the potato chips are the perfect base to hold the toppings. These shrimp bites look fancy because they’re served canape style, but they take just minutes to put together.

The first component of this recipe is the shrimp – you’ll want a small to medium sized shrimp that will fit on top of the potato chips. The shrimp are seared with a bit of olive oil and chili powder for added flavor. Next up is the guacamole – I typically buy a high quality guacamole at the grocery store, but you could also make your own if you like. I chose Lay’s Classic potato chips to hold the shrimp and guacamole because they’re my favorite – the chips are well seasoned and have a satisfying crunch. You can really use any type of Lay’s potato chip that you like, Wavy Lay’s potato chips would also be a good choice.

After you’ve layered the shrimp and guacamole onto the chips, add a bit of cilantro if you like, put them on a tray and watch them disappear! This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled for a large crowd. To me these Mexican shrimp bites scream summer, there’s nothing like sitting outside enjoying the weather with some chips and guacamole – this is a slightly different take on the classic that your guests will love.

Looking for more great hacks for easy entertaining this summer? Check out the Frito-Lay Summer Hacks Pinterest board, they have so many great ideas that I can’t wait to try!


This recipe for Mexican shrimp bites is seared shrimp and guacamole layered onto individual potato chips. A super easy appetizer that's perfect for entertaining!

Course      Appetizer
Cuisine     Mexican
Prep Time   5 minutes
Cook Time   5 minutes
Total Time  10 minutes
Servings    18
Calories    66 kcal
Author      Dinner at the Zoo


18 small to medium sized shrimp
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
2 teaspoons olive oil
3/4 cup guacamole store bought or homemade
18 Lay's Classic potato chips
Optional garnish: chopped cilantro


1.Heat the olive oil in a large pan over high heat. Sprinkle the chili powder over the shrimp.
2.Place the shrimp in the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes or until shrimp are pink and opaque,
3.Place 18 potato chips on a platter. Spoon approximately 2 teaspoons of guacamole onto each one and place a shrimp on top of each chip.
4.Serve, garnished with cilantro if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Mexican Shrimp Bites
Amount Per Serving
Calories 66 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Cholesterol 77mg 26%
Sodium 65mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 13g 26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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